The perfectly decorated Easter egg begins with the egg. Two of the most popular ways to decorate eggs begins with either a boiled egg or a blown (or hollowed egg).
To avoid rubbery eggs do not cook eggs in boiling water. Instead, boil the water and remove the pan from the stove. Submerge the eggs in the hot, boiled water for 15-17 minutes.
Blown or Hollowed Easter Eggs
To hollow out an egg simply wash and dry your eggs. Then taking a thin needle, carefully poke a hole in each end of your egg. Cover the holes and shake the egg. Place your egg over a bowl or other container and gently blow into one of the holes in your egg. The egg white and yolk should make its way out of the other hole. Once the insides have been blown out wash and dry your egg again. Some eggs are easier to hollow than others. It will take patience and although more fragile, a hollowed out egg can be decorated and kept for many years to come depending upon how it is stored.
Decorating your egg can be as simple or elaborate as you would like it to be. You can make beautifully designed Easter eggs with items you probably currently have in your home. Some of these ideas work egg-ceptionally well on the hollowed eggs.
• Ribbons – take leftover ribbons and glue them to your egg in the desired colors and patterns (blown eggs)
• Glitter – spread your egg with a thin layer of glue and then roll the egg around in glitter (superfine glitter will give your egg a sugared look (blown eggs)
• Lace – using the same principle as the ribbons decorate your egg (blown eggs)
• Sponge Paint – dig out your sponges and craft paint to create an original design
• Stickers – let the kids decorate using their favorite stickers
• Crayons – with a parent’s help color on a warm egg
• Mosaic – be creative and glue pieces of tissue paper, small pasta pieces or shells to your egg.
These recipes will come in handy if you have decided to stick with the tried and true dyed Easter egg
Simple Egg Dye
Combine 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tsp. vinegar and the food color together adding drops of food coloring to achieve desired colors. Dip hard cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes or until desired color.
Natural Egg Dye
Dye your eggs in boiling water, with vinegar and the item used to create the desired color, boiling both eggs and dye items together. Don’t forget to compost your dye items when you are finished dyeing your eggs.
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins
Red Cabbage Leaves
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels
Orange or Lemon Peels
Black Walnut Shells
Yellow Onion Skins
Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Lots of Red Onions Skins
Hard boiled, hollowed out, color dyed or fancier designs, anything goes when decorating your eggs for this Easter season. The only rule is to have fun.